Cuomo Proposes Grants To Keep Gas Stations Running In Disasters

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed making grants to key gas stations so they can run backup generators and keep pumping after disruptive storms and avoid a replay of Superstorm Sandy, when many shut down.

After last fall's storms and flooding, many stations on Long Island, parts of New York City and its suburbs had fuel but lacked power and couldn't pump, leading to shortages, lines, hoarding and price gouging

The administration is proposing grants up to $10,000 from federal disaster funds to help about one-third of New York's 6,000 gas stations install the wiring for backup generators.

In budget proposals that will be submitted Thursday, stations along evacuation routes or near highway exits must make arrangements for backup generators within 24 hours after they lose power.

Monday, October 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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